Lifting the quality of evaluation #2: Capable evaluators who know their ‘space’

What key elements are needed to seriously drive up how well evaluation delivers quality and value for money?

Yesterday I talked about how evaluation-savvy clients can make or break the value of evaluation. Now for the other side of the equation …

What evaluator capabilities still seem to be lacking and could really drive up

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Specialist evaluators or content-free evaluators?

Open Clip Art Tobias Moon http://www.openclipart.org/detail/35563

One of the continuing debates in evaluation is about the relative benefits of choosing an evaluator with significant content knowledge compared to a more experienced evaluator with little or no content knowledge. As is often the case, the answer depends on the details of the content.

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Alpine whaling? – Interesting developments in evidence-based policy, episode 2

Comparison of grazed and ungrazed alpine meadow. From 2005 DSE Fact Sheet

While Japan has ‘scientific whaling’, Australia might be beginning a phase of ‘scientific alpine grazing’, reversing a policy of removing cattle from summer grazing in alpine national park in the name of research. (Thanks to a number of GenuineEvaluation readers for suggesting

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Australian book launch of ‘Purposeful Program Theory’, Canberra 17 March

After years working on this with my co-author Sue Funnell, I’m looking forward to the launch of the book Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models in Canberra next Thursday (Yes, on St Patrick’s Day).

Thursday 17 March, 5.30 for 5.45 pm

Venue: Central Courtyard University House, Balmain Crescent, Acton

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The importance of visible, high level commitment to evaluation

One of the favorite stories I tell about evaluation is about going to meet a senior manager to discuss evaluation and finding him standing on a table in the middle of an open-plan office, with the staff gathered around him, as he stretched up to his full 6 foot 5 inch height , thumped one

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